FILMMAKERS

Melissa Shachat - Director
Melissa's student short, Living a Full House, a portrait of her professional poker-playing great-aunt Mildred, aired on PBS' Independent Focus series. The film won Best Documentary at the School of Visual Arts and has screened at numerous national and international festivals including the Norwegian Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, WOW Film Festival, Mexican Film Festival, and the Aldrich Museum. Gibtown is her first feature film.

Loretta Harms - Producer
New York-based visual artist-turned-filmmaker, Loretta Harms formed Decoy Films with Maury Solomon in 1996. Her first short film, The Last Groove, which she wrote and directed, screened at numerous festivals including Rotterdam, Stockholm, and Leeds. The Last Groove was honored with the 1999 Traveling Scholar's award at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and screened during a month-long exhibition at the Museum. It screened most recently at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Her 30 minute short (which she also wrote and directed) entitled For Earth Below, is slated for an upcoming two year broadcast on the Sundance Channel, starting Fall 2002. Prior to her career in filmmaking, her large-scale installation work was featured in gallery exhibitions in New York City, Boston, and Europe.

Maury Solomon - Producer
As co-founder of Decoy Films, New York-based attorney Maury Solomon recently produced several short narrative films including The Last Groove, which screened at numerous festivals including Rotterdam, Stockholm, and Leeds; and For Earth Below, which premiered at the San Jose Film festival. Prior to forming Decoy Films, Solomon Executive Produced the double Emmy Award-winning documentary Calling the Ghosts, directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelencic. The film was the winner of the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and screened as an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.

Roger Schulte - Producer/Editor
Roger is a free lance Producer and Editor in New York City. His recent work as an editor includes Portraits of Grief for New York Times Television, and several other shows aired on Discovery Network and Court TV. He edited the feature documentary From Hollywood to Hanoi, which the New York Times' Vincent Canby called "an intense, personal, supremely self-confident feature length documentary." Roger has directed several short films which have screened at national and international film festivals. http://www.film432.com

Susanne Szabo Rostock - Supervising Editor
Award-winning documentarian Susan Szabo Rostock has worked as Editor, Director and Cinematographer on numerous award-winning documentaries, television specials, dramatic shorts and music videos. Her productions have been exhibited theatrically, on television and at major international film festivals and cultural institutions including the New York Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. Among her many film credits are: Editor-Calling the Ghosts, directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelencic (double-Emmy Award winner; the film was also the winner of the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and screened as an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival); Editor-Moving the Mountain, directed by Michael Apted (Best Documentary, The International Documentary Association, The Ecumenical Award Berlin Film Festival); Editor-Passin' It On (directed by John Valadez), Emmy Award-nominated for Best Documentary Film Editor 1995. Most recently, she edited Michel Apted's feature documentary Me and Isaac Newton.

Douglas Cooper - Cinematographer
Cooper launched his career as Director of Photography with the highly acclaimed feature-length documentary Brother's Keeper (Best Documentary, National Board of Review; Best Documentary, New York Film Critics Circle; Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival, and Prix Joris Ivens, Cinema du Reel). He has worked with Bruce Weber on several films including a film on Robert Mitchum and the recent documentary Chop Suey Club, which premiered at the Berlin Film festival. His credits as Director of Photography include the television movie David and Lisa, starring Sidney Poitier and Lukas Haas, producer by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films. In addition, Cooper has shot numerous commercials (Nike, Amstel Lite, Victoria's Secret) and music videos (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey).

Diana Philips - Associate Producer
Philips is a professional animal wrangler with a long list of credits in the commercial and motion picture industry. Raised in a circus family, she has resided in Gibsonton, Florida for 30 years. Her knowledge of its past and present and her personal relationships with the residents has provided the filmmakers with an invaluable link to the Gibsonton community.